The Conscience of Christmas

The conscience of our hearts …

I’m reposting the poem below, which I wrote in December 2012, as today marks four years since twenty children were lost to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Tragically, heart-achingly, children continue to die and suffer around the world as in Aleppo, Syria:

“One in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. Half of all refugees are children.”

Worldwise displacement hits all-time high as war and persecution increase.

 

Copyright 2012 by DM Denton

Copyright 2012 by DM Denton

The weather isn’t frightful
as the snow falls on cue,
just following its heart
that longs for innocence
in a world where it is
all too brief.

The cold creates a warmth of
knowing we must come in
from the harsh winds that blow
humanity to shame
and haunt its soul for right
to be done.

The season cannot change what
happened to children who
did not doubt tomorrow
and to all those who did,
their smiles lost in tears
not in vain.

For as long as winter turns
from darkness to cast light
on a softer view through
the narrowing window
of how to make amends,
we must try.

 

Blessings of the season to all.
Prayers for non-violence to prevail
in the New Year and beyond.

Copyright 2012 DM Denton

donatellasmallest©Artwork and writing, unless otherwise indicated, are the property of Diane M Denton. Please request permission to reproduce or post elsewhere with a link back to bardessdmdenton. Thank you.

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4 thoughts on “The Conscience of Christmas

    • Thank you so much, Deborah. And yes, that is an apt phrase – we must keep hoping and acting to reverse this troubling trend. Thank you for participating and supporting the openness of the arts, which are always important, but certainly in troubling narrowing times. Sending wishes of peace to you, with lots of love and hugs. Hope you have a lovely holiday season. XO ❤

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